As home to supermajors, as well as a plethora of smaller, independent energy players, the US boasts one of the largest concentrations of energy personnel in the world. With its insatiable appetite for energy resources, the United States is the world's single largest consumer of oil, using as much as 20.73 million barrels per day as of 2008. Recently, interest has peaked in the vast quantity of untapped natural gas resources in the US, the reserves of which were inventoried in 2008 at 238 Tcf, with producers specifically targeting the nation's promising shale formations for this energy commodity.
Field development involves the feasibility and conceptual studies required to figure out the best way to develop, produce and maintain a hydrocarbon resource. It comprises all activities required to develop a field – geology, reservoir engineering, environmental impact, well design, construction, completion design, and surface facilities. Field development plans also include the economic impact and risk assessments to ensure that it aligns with business strategy.